Amy FriendInterweave, Zakka Style10 Comments

So, I am still sick and therefore not sewing much.  I’ve moved from staring at the computer screen to flipping through books.  I thought I’d share a little of what I’ve been looking at today. 
I received my copy of Ayumi’s Patchwork Please! from Interweave which I have been waiting for anxiously!  I’ll be participating in the Zakka Along 2.0 Patchwork Please! starting in June. You can click on that link and read all about it on Lindsey’s blog.  I can’t wait to select my first project from the book.  Those pincushions on the cover rate among my favorite projects in the book.
I’m so excited for Ayumi and thrilled to have her book in my hands. 
I recently received these two books, Printing on Fabric by Jen Swearington and Stuffed Animals From Concept to Construction by Abigail Patner Glassenberg courtesy of Lark Publishing.  As you know, I love printmaking.  Sadly, I haven’t found a lot of time for it because I find that having fabric with damp permanent ink laying about is tricky with young children.  This book has inspired me to find some time soon to give it a go again.
Jen discusses the many kinds of printmaking and inks as well as sharing some project ideas.  I like the fact that she includes a nice range of print making from simpler freezer paper stenciling methods through screen-printing.  This Meadow Cardigan really caught my eye.  I hadn’t thought of printing on a cardigan before but I’d love to wear that sweater so it has me thinking.



I believe that I first heard about Abigail Patner Glassenberg on either SewMamaSew or WhipUp.  Her name was immediately familiar to me.  If her book on stuffed animals gets into my children’s hands I am in big trouble. I will suddenly have quite a list of orders!  I have to say that her creations are simply adorable.  There are 16 unique stuffed animal patterns included in this book with templates and clear directions.  The ram with the curled horns above just kills me with its cuteness.

I also love the idea of the zippered mouth on this dinosaur!  I know that anything that opens and closes and stores things is so appealing to my kids.
If you find some time for crafty reading, I highly recommend these books for lots of inspiration!